NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's track and field team will host its second home indoor meet of the season on Saturday at Coxe Cage. The 36th Yale Collegiate Invitational will kick off the Bulldogs' spring semester competition, which will feature a meet every week until the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in late February.
The Elis sat out many of their athletes at the Yale Season Opener in December, so expect to see some season debuts at this meet. However, as per recent tradition, many athletes will likely sit out this weekend with the expectation to compete at the upcoming Yale-Columbia-Dartmouth tri-meet on Jan. 20. Also, the jumps squad will be missing a few members this weekend as junior Austin Laut and first-year Kyle Brown will be traveling to Reno, Nev. for the 2018 National Pole Vault Summit. This will be an outstanding opportunity for the team's pole vaulters to experience some top-notch competition this early in the season.
The rest of the jumps squad will be looking to build upon their early success from the Yale Season Opener. Senior Carl Mansson will join junior Jimmy Shih in the horizontal jumps. Both Mansson and Shih competed well at the season opener, with Shih finishing in first place in the triple jump. Cody Clements, Mike Koller and Spencer O'Neill will all compete in the high jump. O'Neill was the top vertical jumper for the Elis at the season opener, and will look to further his success as the season progresses.
The Bulldogs' throwers will be returning from winter break following a successful outing at the season opener. Watch for first year Andrew Rochon and senior Jake Hoops in the shot put, an event in which they placed 10th and eighth, respectively, at the season opener. Rochon will also likely compete in the weight throw.
As the distance runners will likely sit out this weekend in order to prepare for the upcoming Yale-Columbia-Dartmouth and Harvard-Yale-Princeton meets, the only athletes on the track who will represent the Bulldogs will be the sprints/hurdles squad. Senior captain Paedyn Gomes powered to a second place finish in the 60mH at the season opener, setting an impressive personal record of 7.94. First-year Ben Shelley will be joining him for that event, looking to gain more experience in collegiate competition. Kyle Macauley was the lone competitor in the 60m dash at the season opener and will look to be joined by the rest of the short sprinters. Sophomore Jonathan Ascher competed in the 200m dash at the season opener and will also be looking for company from fellow Bulldog sprinters in that event. There were no competitors for the Bulldogs in the longer sprints (400m, 500m and 600m) at the season opener, so expect to see some athletes entered in those events this weekend.
The Yale Collegiate Invitational will be an opportunity for many Bulldogs who did not get to compete at the season opener to make their season debuts before classes start and competition gets more serious. As previously stated, the team will travel to Hanover, N.H. to compete in the Yale-Dartmouth-Columbia meet on Jan. 20.
This weekend's meet will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Coxe Cage. Meet information, including a full schedule is available here. Full results and a recap will be posted after the meet.
Report by Zachary Capello '19, Yale Sports Publicity